Few household tools have as much magickal lore and mysticism attached to them as the broom. Images of Witches flying on broomsticks are as synonym as pointy hats and robes and every story ever told has a Witch and her broom. Now the difference between the broomstick and the besom is in its use.
Broomsticks are used mainly for transportation and to play Quidditch. There are many models to choose from, usually differing in speed, aerodynamics and balance depending on it’s main function, recreational or professional sports and travel. So does the price… Few build their own broomstick these days.
The Besom however is a ritualistic tool and used to spiritually cleanse the home of a Witch and cast out negative energies as they sweep away dust.
With this broom, I sweep away all negativity that comes my way!
The besom does not actually have to touch the ground when sweeping out your sacred space or home, as it is sweeping energy. It can also protect from psychic attacks, crossed brooms hung on or near a door protect from ill will and hexes and stepping over the broom will stop any harassment by unfriendly spirits as will if you stand it bristle up by your front door. Do not leave your besom standing with its bristles down as it will allow the Magick to drain out and warp its shape. Hang it a few inches over the floor if pointing down.
It is said to make a wish before picking up a broom that has fallen from your hand and before its first use. If a broom standing at your door falls over for no reason it is fabled to announce visitors and jumping over the broom nine times will get you married within the year, it is also a Hand-fasting ritual to jump over the besom together as is jumping over the bonfire.
Besoms can be of any size you choose, if bought or given, be sure to cleanse it with herbs or smoke to clear the vibes of the last user. Hang your herbs directly onto the broom to dry and draw out energy you don’t want and infuse your energy instead. Making your own besom is a good way to connect with it. Embellish it with flowers and crystals or feathers. Once ready you can bless it with salted water and by setting it out under a full moon to be blessed by the Goddess. Give it your aura and it will do your bidding.
Three ritual sweepings should be performed each year, at Imbolc for the traditional spring cleaning, as we enter autumn at Mabon, to clear the home before we gather ourselves in for winter, and sweeping out the old year at Halloween/Samhain to get rid of unwanted energies.
Sweep, sweep, sweep the ground. Negative energy shall be bound. Banish all harm, spoil and pain, Only positive shall remain! As I will it so mote it be!
Although the broom has derived from the every day use broom to clean and cleanse the home and garden, the besom as ritualistic cleansing tool and the broomstick as travel or sports companion, each hold a special place in the heart of the Witch who owns it today and care should be taken never to grab or touch a Witches personal broom unless invited to do so. It has become as individual as the Witch itself and does not appreciate being mishandled. It will give its allegiance almost like a Wand chooses its magickal partner, it becomes one with the Witch and can “read” her slightest movement to interpret her wishes on how or where she wants it to go. So choose your broom with care…